Will General Zod confirmed for Superman vs Batman … sortof

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Michael Shannon is backtracking on his original comments and has now told The Daily Beast that he isn’t in the film…and then that he is:

“I wasn’t there. It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on. The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long. I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.”

Shannon’s comments prompted much speculation that perhaps those long-time rumors about Zod becoming Doomsday – or some similar biological weapon controlled by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) to fight the individual who killed Zod in the first place, Superman (Henry Cavill) – were true, but he’s since dismissed his previous statement:

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls**t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that. That is so obviously a complete bulls**t story, right? But people took it seriously.”